The Howe Bulldogs blew away the Bells Panthers in Bells on Feb. 4, locking up a playoff spot from District 11-2A. Michael Kehrer was a big reason why as had a career-high scoring night with 27 points to lead the Bulldog offense.
Easton Ross, who had a pair of 3-pointers in Howe’s 20-6 run in the first quarter, finished with 11 points in the Bulldogs’ 30-point win.
The visitors couldn’t miss in the second period and the defense was doing its part, as well. Bells could manage only one field goal in the second period, everything else came from the free-throw line as Howe blitzed the Panthers, 22-9 in the second quarter.
A 3-pointer by Ross and another by Nick Wilson ended the half with Howe on top, 42-15.
Kehrer scored a pair of baskets to open the second half, turning them into three-point plays as he was fouled on both makes. Late in the fourth quarter, Kehrer drove the lane, made a slick ball fake to move a defender, then dropped in a deuce for his final points of the night.
Hard-charging Lloyd Spotts scored Howe’s final basket to seal the rout.
The Bulldogs will host Pottsboro Friday night and honor seniors Brice Harvey, John Jacob Talley, Jordan Satterfield and Spotts, before closing out the regular season in Whitewright on Tuesday.
Howe 20 22 10 15 — 67
Bells 6 9 6 16 — 37
Howe:(8-16)(6-6) Michael Kehrer 27,Easton Ross 11, Brice Harvey 8, Nick Wilson 7, Levi Mrozinski 6, Caleb Ake 4, Griffin Underwood 2, Lloyd Spotts 2
Howe 60, Callisburg 42
The Howe Bulldogs took over sole possession of fourth place in the District 11-2A, boys’ basketball standings with a 60-42 win over Callisburg. The two teams were tied for that final playoff spot going into the Jan. 31 league game at Howe.
Michael Kehrer had his second best scoring night of the season, pouring in 21 points to go with his four assists. Senior Brice Harvey just missed a triple-double in the contest, scoring 14 points while gathering 13 rebounds and nine steals.
After jumping out to a 33-17 halftime lead, Howe coasted home with the crucial win. The Bulldogs, who struggled from the free-throw line in last week’s loss at Whitesboro, made 21-of-27 from the charity stripe in the 18-point win.
Griffin Underwood followed up his 16-point performance at Whitesboro with a 10-point game against the Wildcats.
After traveling to Bells, Howe will close out the regular season with a senior night game against Pottsboro on Friday and a trip to Whitewright on Tuesday.
Callisburg 10 7 14 11 — 42
Howe 16 17 10 17 — 60
Howe(7-16)(5-6) Michael Kehrer 21, Brice Harvey 14, Griffin Underwood 10, Easton Ross 7, Levi Mrozinski 7,Caleb Ake 1.